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- Waters plants perfectly for up to 2 weeks
- For use with houseplants, hanging plants and patio plants
- Easy to use, just fill and insert into soil
- Never worry about leaving plants unattended
- Genuine Hand Blown Stained glass
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The Large Aqua Globes are used to water plants up to 2 weeks. Can be used for house plants, hanging plants and patio plants. Easy to use, just fill with water and insert into soil. Never worry about leaving plants unattended. Geniune Hand Blown Stain Glass
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The stem does come out of the soil clogged with dirt. If you push the clump of dirt into the bulb with a chopstick, the clump breaks it up so you can shake it out. Also, if you make a hole through the soil to the bottom of the pot, it makes it easier to insert the stem each time. Both of these things mean you have to add soil from time to time.
To make the water in the bulbs last longer, water the plant before putting a full bulb into the soil. The bulb will stay nearly full until the soil dries out and the plant then drinks what it needs. Depending on the plant, you can get an extra week or two without watering.
The bulb does not work in larger pots because it doesn't hold enough water. It might get you an extra day, but that's it. I'd say this size bulb works well in a 6" pot. (The one shown in my photos is 7" at the top, 3" at the bottom, and about 4" wide.) A pot size of 4" would work with this bulb if the pot is heavy enough to not tip over, like a thick clay pot with a wide bottom.
Next time I transplant something that I want to use the bulb in, I'll insert a plastic tube into the soil to hold the stem. A bulb fell out of the pot shown the other day, fortunately breaking into the bathtub so it was an easy cleanup.
Bring the plant in if you're going out of town to help things out if possible.
The "pro" on this for sure is most other options are downright ugly and defeat the purpose of having something nice to look at. My plants hide this fairly well.
If dirt is plugging the hole and the dirt lateral to that is dry, it will soak the water through the dirt just how the water goes through the rest of the time. I have not had it clog and not let the water out at all, that would be likely against a pebble or something else it that were happening.
Fill quickly for me with a steady stream of water the size of the opening or just slightly larger. If you have too fast of water, the air bubbles coming up slow it down, but it's not annoyingly slow.
Outdoors in southern CA, small planter with these globes, I can get 3-4 days between watering, so it helps us get thru long weekend trips without worrying about watering, but it is stretching it to go 5 days. Your results will probably differ depending on plants, container size and local conditions.
I got an orange one and a blue one in the package. The colors don't look great together in the same container; wish I'd gotten two of the same color instead.
When used appropriately and carefully, they work well, and look nice. If they could just be more consistent.